I don't think there's a month of the year that seems busier than October. One minute it has suddenly arrived, and it's always full to the brim of activities- parties, Halloween prep and a plethora of other things. The next minute it's slipped away and you're staring November right in it's chilly wet face. Here in Tennessee we get about two weeks of what I'd consider to be true "Fall" weather, with temps in the 70s. You're not sweating but you don't quite yet need a coat either. That's the kind of Fall weather we love, and knowing how short lived it usually is we tend to take full advantage of it!
One thing always on our October agenda is a trip down the road to Lucky Ladd Farms. This is honestly such a wonderful place to spend a day, with acres of things to entertain kids (and adults!). This was Charlie's second or maybe even third trip, but the first one that really got her attention. We went with our favorite neighbors (and friends), the Reeses, and what a really great day it was.
Will surprised Henry and me with another seriously fun day in Nashville. He asked me to arrange a sitter for Charlie but would not tell us where we were off to. Henry and were both so excited when we pulled up to Nashville Adventure Park! Henry was absolutely amazing, he caught on so quickly and was flying through the obstacle courses. What a fun couple of hours in the treetops (and a great workout too!). We can't wait to go back!
The zoo has also been a frequent destination. One of the huge benefits of homeschooling is that if we happen to look at the forecast and the weather is going to be perfect- field trip! Even better when we can spend the day there with our best friends!
Not all of October has been spent outside. We spent our usual amount of time being entertained by a certain toddler, and also managed to squeeze in some wonderful time with Gaga and Pappy.
As with all things in life, the good sometimes comes with some bad. At the end of September we had to say goodbye to our friend Preston. At 14, he had certainly lived a long and happy life but it was still so hard to see him go. We planted a dogwood tree with Preston in the backyard so we will always be reminded. I told Will I hope the tree comes in a bit scruffy so that it will be authentically Preston.
A couple of weeks ago we had Henry's party to celebrate him turning EIGHT (!!) so more on that soon! Happy Fall!